Apple Celebrates World Emoji Day by Presenting 12 New Emoji Characters

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 19 Jul 2017

Love 'em or hate 'em, the simple fact of the matter is that emoji are used by millions of people around the world each and every day. They’re so popular that they even have their own day of celebration, the aptly named World Emoji Day.

Google celebrated World Emoji Day by saying goodbye to Blob, the company’s old Android emoji, and by rolling out a new set of emoji as part of Android O. Skype celebrated World Emoji Day by asking (and answering) the question "is it okay to use emoji in the workplace?" And Apple celebrated World Emoji Day by presenting 12 upcoming emoji characters that will be available across Apple devices later this year.

"With thousands of emoji available on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, there are many ways to add personality to every message," said Apple in a press release. "The new emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more."

Apple’s 12 upcoming emoji characters

1. Woman with headscarf

2. Bearded Person

3. Yoga

4. Breastfeeding

5. Zombie

6. Elf

7. T-Rex

8. Zebra

9. Star-Struck

10. Exploding Head

11. Goofy

12. Vomit

The 12 emoji characters presented above are coming to iOS, macOS, and watchOS later in 2017. Although Apple did not provide an exact release date, rumor has it that they will arrive sometime around the public launch of iOS 11 this fall, or soon thereafter.

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